Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Society Hosts Sports Law Dialogue

To provide guidance for Regent Law students pursuing sports law, the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) hosted a discussion, “Getting in the Game: How to Start a Sports Law Practice,” featuring Michael P. Giordano, Esq. of Vandeventer Black LLP.

IPELS Board with Michael Giordano (second right)
“While sports law is not currently taught at Regent, I wanted to give students the opportunity to hear from a local attorney who is new in the field and is creating a niche for himself,” states IPELS President Jennifer Brown. “I hope this dialogue helped current students who are interested in starting a sports law practice.”

Giordano began his sports law practice, which is just one of his practice areas at Vandeventer, much like an entrepreneur begins a small business: through hard work, networking, and research.

One of the most difficult aspects of entering sports law in the Hampton Roads region is that there are no major league teams here. The Norfolk Tides (baseball) and Norfolk Admirals (hockey) are minor league teams. After researching sports teams and organizations, Giordano found his niche. He joined the Sports Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the Norfolk Sports Club.

During the discussion, Giordano provided numerous tips for law students who plan to pursue sports law:
  • Join local sports law organizations and athletic interest groups 
  • Gain business skills 
  • Know the local industry and make connections by contacting local sports professionals and developing rapport 
  • Talk to your firm: they might help you develop a sports law practice 
  • Continue to develop professional skills through mentorship at your firm 
  • Stay up-to-date on sports news and events 
Overall, Giordano encourages students that success in sports law, despite its reputation as a small and competitive industry, is an obtainable reality.

“Find what you’re passionate about, and keep working at it. If you do good work, people will hear about you, and they will find you,” he says.

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